Rep. James Comer says U.S. aluminum jobs in jeopardy

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Kentucky Congressman James Comer is calling on the Trump Administration to protect the U.S. aluminum industry. 

On Wednesday, Comer joined Century Aluminum CEO Mike Bless, United Steelworkers Union Vice President Tom Conway, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and other members of the China Trade Taskforce to call on the White House to take immediate action against “unfair” practices by the Chinese government within the American aluminum industry. The appeal was made during the National Press Club in Washington D.C.

Comer says say trade practices from China are threatening U.S. jobs. Century Aluminum employs more than a thousand workers at its facilities in Henderson County, Webster County, and Hancock County. 

Representative Comer released the following statement:

“I call on President Trump to take immediate and swift action against China for unfair trade practices under Section 232 of the 1962 Trade Expansion Act. Century Aluminum is a great corporate citizen and provides more than 1,000 good-paying jobs to hardworking Kentuckians. These jobs are in jeopardy due to the Chinese government’s cheating and heavy subsidization of their aluminum industry.” 

The U.S. Department of Commerce is soon expected to announce the results of its long-awaited Section 232 investigation into the national security threat of aluminum imports. High-purity aluminum is a major component in defense platforms for military aircraft, combat ships, tank hulls and missile structures.

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(This story was originally published January 10, 2018)

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